I spend the day writing, working on this website, and trying to keep the apartment cool. We have East and West facing windows, and the apartment is laid out so that there is no way to create a cross-breeze from one end to the other. My technique for keeping us cool is a combination of blocking sun and moving whatever cool air exists into and around the house. It's a delicate thing, standing in front of a window trying to decide if the air is still cool enough to risk letting the sun shine in. And it takes constant attention. Is the air on this side of the house warm yet? What about now? What about now? And this side. Still hot?
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One of my favorite summer rituals is Summer Tea. I'm still working out the exact proportions, but it's delicious even in this imperfect state: Mix together about 1/4 cup of green tea (shakes fist at sky), about 2 TB of lemongrass, and about 2 TB of dried mint. Fill a tea ball about halfway with this mixture, and put the rest in the cupboard. Then fill a 1/2 gallon mason jar with water, and let it sit in the sun for a few hours, and voila. I do this on the first really hot day of the year, and keep one filled in the refrigerator all summer long.
Breakfast: Coffee, Muesli & Yogurt
Lunch: Carrot Top Soup (1), Peanut Butter on Toast (1), Risotto (1), Orange (2)
Dinner: Grilled Asparagus, Carmelized Tofu, Brown Rice, Salad and Cherries with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Summer tea (1); beer (1)
Setting up this website, editing entries, checking figures.... It's dinnertime before I know it, and I haven't even started preparing dinner. Tired, I look at Jesse and ask him,"Do you know what I'd like to do tonight more than anything? Eat out." He grins.
The hearty soup I had planned for the evening has been cancelled due to hot weather, but fortunately I have a simple alternative. I make some rice and carmelize some tofu while Jesse grills the rest of the asparagus on the deck. I halve cherries and add them to the last of the salad mix, and dress the salad with my Raspberry Vinaigrette. I don't bother to open a bottle of wine, electing to pour myself a nice, cold glass of Summer Tea instead.
I used tofu from the freezer and herbs from the cupboard; daily total to be posted tomorrow, but estimated at $5 or less.
Incomplete Monday total: $2.91. Remaining weekly allowance: $58.59.
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